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Useful INDG Health and Safety Guides - page 2


Health and Safety Executive


INDG is an Acronym for Industry Guidance


Health and Safety INDG Industry Guides 214 to 296

INDG 214 - First aid at work

INDG 214 First aid at work


This leaflet answers some basic questions about first-aid provision at work.


It is aimed at employers in small and medium-sized workplaces, but may be useful to all employers, managers and others involved in first aid at work.

INDG 223 - Asbestos : A Short Guide to Managing Asbestos in Premises

INDG 223 - Asbestos : A Short Guide to Managing Asbestos in Premises


Who is this guidance for?


This guidance is for, anyone who is responsible for maintenance and repairs in a building, which may contain asbestos. The ‘duty to manage' asbestos is included in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. You are a ‘dutyholder’ if:


>  you own the building:

>  you are responsible through a contract or tenancy agreement:

>  you have control of the building but no formal contract or agreement; or

>  in a multi-occupancy building, you are the owner and have taken responsibility for maintenance and repairs for the whole building.


What buildings are affected?


>  All non-domestic buildings, whatever the type of business.

>  The common areas of domestic buildings, eg halls, stairwells, if shafts, roof spaces.

>  All other domestic properties are not affected by the duty to manage.


If you are not the dutyholder but have information about the building, you must co-operate with the dutyholder, eg leaseholders must allow managing agents access for inspection.

INDG 232 - Consulting Employees on H8tS : A Guide to The Law

INDG 232 - Consulting Employees on H&S : A Guide to The Law


Employers have a duty to consult with their employees, or their representatives, on health and safety matters. This leaflet is aimed at employers and discusses what they need to do to ensure they are complying with the law.


The law sets out how employees must be consulted in different situations and the different choices employers have to make. There are two different regulations that require employers to consult their workforce about health and safety:


>  the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 (as amended); and

>  the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 (as amended).

INDG 225 - Preventing slips and trips at work

INDG 225 - Preventing slips and trips at work


What is this leaflet about?


Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they cause 40 per cent of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents, for example falls from height. Slips and trips are also the most reported injury to members of the public.


This leaflet describes measures that employers may need to implement to help prevent slips and trips. It will also be useful to employees and their safety representatives. The solutions are often simple and low-cost.

INDG 240 - A guide for employers on alcohol at work

INDG 240 - A guide for employers on alcohol at work (withdrawn - archive copy)


This booklet has been developed to help the owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses deal with alcohol-related problems at work. It reaffirms the Government’s commitment in The Health of the Nation to encourage employers to introduce workplace alcohol policies and evaluate their impact.


Ninety per cent of personnel directors from top UK organisations surveyed in 1994 stated that alcohol consumption was a problem for their organisation. Most regarded alcohol as a fairly minor problem, involving a small number of employees. However, 17% of personnel directors described alcohol consumption as a ‘major problem’ for their organisation. What concerned directors most, in order of priority, was:


>  loss of productivity and poor performance;

>  lateness and absenteeism;

>  safety concerns;

>  effect on team morale and employee relations;

>  bad behaviour or poor discipline;

>  adverse effects on company image and customer relations.

INDG 242 - Vibration : Control Back-pain Risks from Whole-body Vibration

INDG 242 - Vibration : Control Back-pain Risks from Whole-body Vibration


Who should read this leaflet?


You should read this leaflet if you employ operators of off-road mobile machinery, agricultural vehicles or industrial trucks.


You may also find it helpful if:


>  you employ drivers of other vehicles, particularly if they suffer from back pain;

>  you are a driver or operator of a mobile machine or vehicle;

>  you are a trade union safety representative or an employee representative for drivers or operators.


This leaflet will help you manage the risk of back pain in your employees and will tell you what you need to do to comply with the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.


Most people who drive road-going vehicles at work are not likely to experience high levels of whole-body vibration and so their employers are unlikely to have to take any action under these Regulations.

INDG 244 - Workplace Health Safety and Welfare

INDG 244 - Workplace Health Safety & Welfare


The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues and apply to most workplaces (with the exception of those workplaces involving construction work on construction sites, those in or on a ship, or those below ground at a mine). They are amended by the Quarries Regulations 1999, the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002, the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.


Employers have a general duty under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees at work. People in control of non-domestic premises have a duty (under section 4 of the Act) towards people who are not their employees but use their premises. The Regulations expand on these duties and are intended to protect the health and safety of everyone in the workplace, and ensure that adequate welfare facilities are provided for people at work.

INDG 247 - Electrical safety for entertainers

INDG 247 - Electrical safety for entertainers


Who is this leaflet aimed at?


If you are an entertainer who uses electrical equipment for sound, lighting or other effects, this leaflet is for you. Others who use electrical equipment in the course of their work, such as wardrobe or scenic artists, may also find this guidance useful. It sets out basic measures you can take to help control the electrical risks from use of such equipment.


This revised version brings the content up to date and includes:


>  changes to legislation and links to further guidance;

>  updates to reflect current working practices, equipment and terminology.

INDG 275 - Plan, Do, Check, Act - Managing Health and Safety

INDG 275 - Plan, Do, Check, Act - Managing Health & Safety


This leaflet is for those who need to put in place or oversee their organisation’s health and safety arrangements. The advice may also help workers and their representatives, as well as health and safety practitioners and training providers.


It’s a brief guide to help you comply with the law, and summarises the more detailed guidance in Managing for health and safety (HSG65)

INDG 290 - LORER 1998 : A Simple Guide

INDG 290 - LORER 1998 : A Simple Guide


This leaflet provides general information about the requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). It describes what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees in the workplace. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.

INDG 291 - PUWER 1998 : A Simple Guide

INDG 291 - PUWER 1998 : A Simple Guide


This leaflet provides an outline of the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and describes what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees in the workplace. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.


Do the Regulations apply to me?


If you are an employer or self-employed person and you provide equipment for use at work, or if you have control of the use of equipment, then the Regulations will apply to you.


They do not apply to equipment used by the public, for example compressed-air equipment used in a garage forecourt. 

INDG 293 - Welfare at Work: Guidance for employers on welfare provisions

INDG 293 - Welfare at Work: Guidance for employers on welfare provisions


If you employ anyone (however short the period) you must ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’, provide adequate and appropriate welfare facilities for them while they are at work. This means you must provide such facilities unless it is clearly unreasonable in terms of time, trouble, cost and physical difficulty.


‘Welfare facilities’ are those that are necessary for the well-being of your employees, such as washing, toilet, rest and changing facilities, and somewhere clean to eat and drink during breaks.


This leaflet gives you simple, practical advice on how you can meet these requirements. The information may also be of interest to employees and the self-employed.


It summarises the requirements of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

INDG 296 - Vibration : Hand-arm Vibration

INDG 296 - Vibration : Hand-arm Vibration


This pocket card is aimed at people who use handheld powered work equipment or workpieces which vibrate while being processed by powered machinery, such as pedestal grinders.

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